Recognition of the expertise of independent community organizations: moving from words to action Info Lanaudière

As part of the Quebec election campaign, the Regional Table of Autonomous Community Organizations of Lanaudière (TROCL) held a press conference to demand that political parties commit to finally officially recognizing autonomous community organizations, their expertise and their autonomy. The organizations expect clear commitments from the political parties in this regard.

Funding by project weakens organizations

To succeed in carrying out their mission, organizing activities and responding to the needs expressed by their members, most independent community organizations must have access to funding per project, funding that is very often short-term, around a year. This type of financing is accompanied by criteria, orientations and constraints that force the organizations to have to frame the response to the needs of their members in these projects. As Annie Chauvette, coordinator of Réussite scolaire Montcalm, mentions: “To ensure all of our activities and projects, our organization must deal with a budget that includes 50% funding per project. This way of working weakens our projects by creating instability and difficulty in predicting the long term. In addition, this funding per project overloads the organizations with administrative work, from drafting the projects, to accountability, time that is not spent with the members of the organizations.

Recognized as essential!

During the pandemic, the Quebec government has repeatedly recognized the essential nature of autonomous community organizations. As Pierre Lafontaine, consultation officer at the regional consultation table for disabled people’s associations in Lanaudière (TCRAPHL) presents, “the organizations have shown creativity, mutual aid and peer support. Many organizations in the disabled sector and other sectors have largely compensated for service disruptions, suspensions or reductions in public network services, including the CISSS de Lanaudière. Why does the Quebec government, when it recognizes the strengths of the independent community movement, not choose to significantly increase the funding of all organizations?

Funding for the overall mission was one of the determining factors in the rapid response offered by independent community organizations to their members and to the population in the midst of a pandemic. This has been greatly emphasized many times. To recognize this agility and capacity to innovate, organizations need to receive more global mission funding so that they can focus their energy on fulfilling the mission for which they were set up.

Increasing funding to the mission: the priority

Several governments often mentioned that community demands were exaggerated. “If the government stopped creating new project-based funding programs, or funding institutional projects that duplicate what the organizations are already doing, we would find the means to ensure greater funding for the overall mission of the 200 community organizations autonomous who make a real difference in the lives of more than 100,000 Lanaudoises and Lanaudois. It’s simple, to better finance autonomous community action, the next government must make it a priority! “, explains Caroline Parent, administrator of the TROCL.

Autonomous community organizations in Lanaudière and Quebec are therefore asking all political parties to make a commitment to give priority to increasing funding for the overall mission as of the next government budget. For Hugo Valiquette, Director of TROCL: “It is time for the next government to choose people instead of bureaucracy. It is however simple. Every dollar invested in the autonomous community movement allows organizations to get closer to their members and away from the administration. »

The autonomous community movement: an asset for all of Quebec!

For many people, independent community organizations, and especially the people who work there and are involved in them on a daily basis, offer places of trust, listening and respect. Bonds of trust are established and become a little stronger each time a person walks through the door of an organization. Is there still a lot of space where a person, regardless of their reality, can enter without fear of being judged, take the time they need to express themselves? Places where it is possible to get involved in associative life, to participate in activities and even ultimately, to engage in democratic processes, such as being elected to the board of directors, and thus, regaining individual power and contributing collectively? The expertise, skills and professionalism of organizations must be truly recognized by all Quebec political parties.

Coaching in affective dependence

Recognition of the expertise of independent community organizations: moving from words to action Info Lanaudière